Welcoming the 6th Grade to MUMS Our Transition to a 6 - 8th Grade Learning Community!
Dear ACSD Community,
This week MUMS is excited to welcome our newest addition and next Principal, Michael Dudek! Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to MUMS, and we look forward to everyone meeting him soon.
We are in the process of scheduling Town Meetings for parents of incoming 6th and 7th graders. The first of these meetings is Tuesday, March 30 from 5 - 6 pm via this zoom link. Similarly, I will be visiting ACSD elementary schools to meet with students in 5th and 6th grade to talk about MUMS programs for next year and answer questions. I will be attending Mary Hogan's MESA meeting March 18 at 7:30. There will be multiple opportunities for both parents and students to attend these meetings, and I look forward to getting to know all of you as we prepare for the 21-22 school year.
This week we are sharing the MUMS floor plan to help the community see how we have intentionally grouped grade level teachers and classrooms to maximize an intimate team atmosphere. Having our 6th and 7th graders on the second floor helps support students' developmental needs and minimizes unstructured interactions between our oldest and youngest students.
We hope you can take a few minutes to fill out our questionnaire to help us better understand your questions and what information would be helpful to include in upcoming transition communications.
Andrew Conforti MUMS Interim Principal
Welcome Michael Dudek
2021-2022 MUMS Principal
It gives me great pleasure to be joining the Middlebury Union Middle School community as your Principal. During the interview process and having the opportunity to meet so many of you already, it is apparent that this learning community fully supports one another. The students at MUMS are eager to return to school to learn and grow, staff members are ready to welcome children back into their classrooms, and families and community members are ready to support all of us in providing the best possible learning experiences that will now host grades 6-8.
I do realize that this grade configuration is new to everyone, but I am excited about this opportunity for all of us. With change, comes opportunity. With opportunity, comes new experiences and personal growth. As we begin to prepare for a new and exciting school year, it is my goal that together we will celebrate one another and build upon all that MUMS has to offer. I am also excited to work with all of you to reflect on and identify additional opportunities to enhance students’ experiences to ensure positive and valuable outcomes.
To date, the MUMS team has been thoughtfully planning for our transition to a 6-8th grade learning community. I look forward to working with them to establish and continue to build a culture that supports all learners. I am particularly excited to delve into specific systems and structures that have been put into place including teacher advisories, a new trimester schedule, a “What I Need/WIN” block, and a “Skills 4 Life” course emphasizing social and emotional learning.
Additionally, the members of the Addison Central community have worked tirelessly to become an authorized IB World School District. We will engage in deep reflection and collaboration as we continue to grow our unique and forward-thinking school and district. Equally important, I am eager to meet all of our students, staff, parents and community members. We may first be introduced through a virtual ZOOM call, but that will soon transition to in-person meetings!
MUMS MUSIC PROGRAM
At the heart of the MUMS community is the MUMS Music Department. Our music students have the opportunity to develop music literacy, learn rehearsal techniques, and create beautiful music. Music ensembles at MUMS foster a sense of teamwork, community, and dedication. Over 50% of the MUMS community is involved in a music ensemble. Students are able to participate in concert choir, concert band, and jazz band. Choir and band will be divided by grade level, and depending on the size of the ensembles, they will meet daily or every other day. We hope that all students consider being part of our ensembles and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year!
Welcome to MUMS! The music department is thrilled to have you involved and a part of our musical ensembles. We look forward to creating, performing, and getting to know you! There are so many things to look forward to in the 2021-2022 school year: full-time school, creating music together, in-person events, new students, and staff joining the MUMS community.
At the young age of twenty-one, my teaching career began at Fair Haven Grade School and Benson Elementary. My roles included beginning band, elementary general music, chorus, and enrichment coordinator. After a few years, I decided to explore outside of Vermont and moved to Sommers Point, NJ. I worked in an elementary school with 2000 students. In the summer of 2001, a friend notified me that Middlebury had a choral position open, and I applied. As a native of Addison County, I knew that I wanted to raise my family in the beautiful state of Vermont and decided it was time to move home. After twenty years, I have never regretted that decision. Throughout the journey, I have been eternally grateful for my many mentors, colleagues, students, and the ACSD community.
To the incoming 6th and 7th graders: Welcome to MUMS! I can't wait to make music with all of you, and I'm so excited to meet new people! To the returning 8th graders: Welcome back! With so many new students in the building, I'm looking forward to watching all of you step into the role of student leaders. It's your job to help the newcomers feel comfortable, and to show them what it means to be part of the MUMS community!
After a brief stint teaching band and choir in Fall River, Massachusetts, I came to work at MUMS and have been the band director ever since! I have been conducting the concert band and jazz band for the past 8 years, and have been teaching general music classes for the past 4.
I am so excited to welcome 6th grade to MUMS! I can't wait to work with all three grades, and I'm looking forward to meeting twice as many students as usual next year!